News & Events

Welcome to the JCA News and Events page. Here you will find all news updates as well as post from the general blog and the KC (Kensington Clubs) Blog. Use the search function on the right side of the page to find news and posts about any particular category or key term that interests you.

Launching Kesher Cafe – for Young Onset Dementia

KC Blog / By JCA / December 5, 2023

Kesher Cafe

A Young Onset Dementia Monthly Social Engagement Group is starting! Kesher Cafe – connect, share, support This monthly social engagement group is for those with young onset dementia (diagnosis prior to age 65). Care Partners are asked to remain on site and are welcome to participate in the planned activities. There will be opportunities to …

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SADder in the winter? Try light therapy

Blog / By JCA / November 29, 2023

illustration of woman reading next to light therapy lamp

by Mayo Clinic staff, from The Beacon Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that typically occurs each year during fall and winter. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. It is …

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Researchers Find ‘Micro-acts’ Can Boost Wellbeing

Blog / By JCA / November 28, 2023

rock painted with the words "you rock"

by Allison Aubrey for NPR Morning Edition An analysis released Tuesday from scientists behind a research initiative called the BIG JOY Project finds that people who commit daily “micro-acts” of joy experience about a 25% increase in emotional well-being over the course of a week. “We’re really excited,” says Emiliana Simon-Thomas, a BIG JOY project leader, and science director …

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2023 JCA Award Winners

Blog / By JCA / November 22, 2023

awards presented to three winners

JCA has presented three awards for 2023. Each award winner has made a valuable and valued contribution to JCA and the community we serve. Jack Berezny, JCA Controller received the Ruth Breslow-Young Staff Award of Excellence Award in recognition of his extraordinary service to the JCA’s mission. In his nearly 14 years of service as …

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Medicare Advantage — Pitfalls to Avoid

Blog / By JCA / November 22, 2023

Medicare application form

by Kate Ashford for the Beacon [Ed. Note: We are currently in the thick of Medicare’s annual “open enrollment period,” which runs from October 15 to December 7 every year. That’s the period during which you can a) switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan, or vice versa, b) join, drop or switch …

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What Family Caregivers Need

Blog / By JCA / November 22, 2023

woman helps man from wheelchair to car

Forget National Caregivers Month. Think About What Family Caregivers Need by Howard Gleckman, JCA immediate past president Welcome to November, National Family Caregivers Month, one of those Hallmark Card-like designations that politicians grant when they can’t, or won’t, actually act to help people. But instead of getting frustrated over what Congress isn’t doing, it seems like …

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Tax Considerations and Benefits of Charitable Giving

Blog / By JCA / November 20, 2023

older donor writing a check

by John Shuchart, JCA board member Financial Management – I don’t know of a subject that frightens us more. This is mostly because we don’t understand it and have had little or no education about it. Frankly, our money is extremely important to us, and we don’t want to lose it. With that in mind, …

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Caregivers: Just Remember to Breathe.

KC Blog / By JCA / November 15, 2023

Debbie Sokobin

Next Chapter News with Debbie By Debbie Sokobin, JCA Blog Contributor Caregivers: Just Remember to Breathe. It is hard to believe that this month is the two-year anniversary of my father’s death. He went through a nine-month roller coaster of oral cancer that he actually beat, only to die of pneumonia before he ever got to …

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Study: Alzheimer’s Patients Benefit from Lifestyle Coaching, Not Drugs

Blog / By JCA / November 13, 2023

Life Coach examines a page with an older client

from Positive Aging Community A study just published online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease showed that pre-dementia and Alzheimer’s patients who received lifestyle coaching (including in using computerized brain exercises) derived cognitive benefit not generally seen in studies of Alzheimer’s drugs. The brain exercises used in the study were from the BrainHQ brain training app, developed and …

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Three Vaccines Recommended for this Fall

Blog / By JCA / October 26, 2023

three vaccine vials and a syringe

by Jim Miller for the Beacon There are three different types of vaccines older adults should consider getting this fall to protect against a repeat of last winter’s “tripledemic” of respiratory illnesses, which included flu, RSV and coronavirus. For people 65 and older, there are three flu vaccines that the CDC recommends over traditional flu …

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